Belfast Telegraph

A Royal flush

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall threw themselves into their two-day Northern Ireland visit with rare gusto. Whether it was inspecting new buses in Ballymena, reading to kids or expressing sympathy to farmers who lost livestock in last winter's snow, the royal couple seemed genuinely interested in their assignments.

And their visit to Caledon in Tyrone, which is not a traditional royal stronghold, was a further indication of the changed political climate in Northern Ireland. It used to be that the focus of royal visits was almost solely on the surrounding security. This time, however, Charles and Camilla, while obviously still tightly, if more discreetly, guarded, seemed totally relaxed and at ease with their duties and deserve full marks for their work.

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